Indoor Strawberry and Blueberry growing during Winter?

TieMint(6)November 27, 2012

I was really hoping to grow some vegatables this year, but with my clay soil I had gotten near, but no harvest. So, I'm curious whether I can grown Straw and Blueberry's indoors during the Winter. Would blue growing light's be okay or would I have to get something bigger like florescent lights? And can they with-stand a small chill?

I don't know where (I think its the Kitchen windows) that are creating a draft. Plus, would placing them outside in the sun help them more than the grow light's?

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shazaam(NC 7B)

Both strawberries and blueberries require winter dormancy and chilling in order to fruit successfully, so growing them indoors over the winter would be counterproductive.

Here is a link that might be useful: Raintree Nursery's Chill Hours Overview

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 1:28PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

Some of the southern highbush require only a couple hundred hours of chill and after that is met you could bring them in to stimulate spring. The problem is that indoor light especially winter sunlight is weak and short and the BB need that intensity and length of light to make good quality sweet fruit. If you still want to try use Sunshine blue. My BB have flowers and fruit on them now.....they always do that some every fall but the resulting fruit even if it does ripen is lousy.

Now strawberries would probably work better. Here in Florida they start picking them about Nov 1 and go all the way through till April so I know they will ripen under the less intense and less hours of winter sunshine. Good luck.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 2:49PM
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shazaam(NC 7B)

Bamboo's comment about strawberries in Florida (I assume that they're cold stored until November so that they'll fruit) reminded me of something fruitnut mentioned sometime back. If I'm remembering correctly, he added a freezer (for chilling plants) and high intensity lighting to his already impressive setup so that he could produce fruit out of season. At least, that's what I think I recall. So, if you're willing to do a little artificial manipulation, bamboo is certainly right that you might be able to pull something off, especially with strawberries thanks to their low chill requirements.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 4:16PM
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shazaam(NC 7B)

Sorry...with regard to the Florida strawberries, that should have been "cold stored prior to planting so that they'll fruit." I'm guessing that they grow them as annuals and replace them every year?

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 4:19PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

I believe you are correct that they are treated as annuals. There is 25 acres of them just up the road and they are so cheap I have never grown them. Toward the end of the season you can buy them for $5 a flat.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2012 at 7:56PM
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